Monthly Archives: January 2017

dressing the bump / pregnancy

dressing the bump – 30 weeks

January 20, 2017

beanie: jared’s (Zara) | coat: H&M (similar)| maternity denim: H&M | shoes: Vans via Madewell

GREAT NEWS: thus far, I have yet to buy a single maternity item at full price.  Going into a cold weather pregnancy, I was super nervous that my wardrobe was going to get pricey, since I couldn’t just rely on the flowy dresses of spring/summer pregnancies. Turns out, maternity clothes are perpetually on sale, if you’re paying attention.This makes sense to me since seasons are fleeting in both temperature and styles, so I’m sure stores have to keep new product continually moving. FYI for any other DC locals, I was told that H&M stores in the District do not stock maternity items except for online returns, which are almost exclusively then placed on the sales rack. I’ve found two (of my four) pairs of maternity jeans on the sales rack at the H&M in Georgetown, both times at least $10 cheaper than the online sale price. Let your inner scavenger shine, mamas. Otherwise, the stores in VA do carry maternity, if you ever find yourself at Tyson’s, etc.

Otherwise, while I’m normally SO ANNOYED when spring clothing starts showing up in January, I was banking on it this year, since my ever-growing tum officially outgrew my winter coat’s zipper. I thought for a minute that I could get away with just wearing my coat open with a blanket scarf, & I do!, but all it took was one windy, frigid day & I knew I needed something that I could zip during my commutes around the city. Thankfully, since I can always rely on H&M’s shoulder/sleeve to body/waist ratio to be completely off, I was able to find a coat 5 sizes up from what I usually wear, marked down to 70% off its original price. The sleeves are a little large & long, much to my clothier husband’s chagrin, but it’s otherwise everything I need. It comfortably zips now, so fingers crossed we can get through February together.

All in all, I feel like my pregnancy wardrobe is pretty well rounded now. With a final purchase of $20 H&M distressed blue denim, my actual “maternity” purchases have been limited to just pants & leggings. My shirts & dresses have mostly been items I already owned or purchased with pre & post natal fit in mind. Once I get a little bigger, I’ll report back with full list of my pregnancy wardrobe. Someone wants to read that, right?

So, there’s my little 30 week check-in! We have our maternity photos next week, & after that, I’ve given the bump permission to get as large & in charge as it wants. But until Tuesday, a manageable sized bump & some warm-ish January weather is aaaaaall I’m asking for.



minus & plus

minus & plus

January 18, 2017

This month has been a little quiet so far, as Januarys tend to go, so I thought I might bring back Minus & Plus posts as a way to share some random facts about our recent goings ons. It’s always a good way to force myself to find the positive… Highly recommended. I guess we could call this new apartment edition… But don’t act surprised that some baby related stuff snuck in there.

This abnormally mild January is wreaking havoc on my allergies. Cue emergency humidifier purchase – Thank youuuu, Amazon gift card Christmas presentssss.
This abnormally mild January! I’m usually “all board the blizzard train” (which sounds like a terrible train), but we’ve got maternity photos going down on Tuesday & no one is mad about the 60°+ forecast. Yes, please.

Radiators, man. Since it’s been pretty warm out, we’ve yet to see the good in how much heat these guys put out, & I’m pretty sure they wait to start knocking until the exact moment we get in bed.
There’s really only one out of four that we don’t seem to have on/off control over. Sure, it’s in the bathroom, the tiniest room in the house that rarely actually needs heat, but 1 out of 4 ain’t bad. I’ve lived with radiators once before in college, & we were 100% at their mercy, so I’m counting this blessing as a big one.

Inauguration week = slowly watch the city shut down street by street, shop by shop. & bonus: I get to try to drive OUT of the city tomorrow.
I get to drive out of the city tomorrow! Tart has an event on Friday night in Richmond, so while getting out the city is most likely going to be a nightmare, I get to leave & not deal with any of the weekend chaos. & it could certainly be chaotic.

Our new building is no longer situated practically on top of a Whole Foods, & our laundry is not longer located next to our kitchen.
The walk to our new grocery store is just enough to get this work-from-home booty’s blood pumping, & since it’s not the highest grossing Whole Foods in the US (true story), I rarely stand in a line wrapped around to the meat counter at 8pm on a Tuesday night. I’ve gotten back in the laundromat groove, with our basement laundry letting me do four (or 12!) loads at a time. I’d forgotten how amazing that part is.

We were able to opt for an internet only package in this new place, & since then, have already encountered two previously taken for granted cable events – The NYE ball drop (just background noise, you know?) & The Golden Globes (we are award shows junkies, it’s our one thing). Already trying to scope out solutions for the Academy Awards because omg.
We got to see La La Land, FINALLY, & loved it as much as we thought we would. I’ve had the soundtrack on constantly, & frequently wake up with it already stuck in my head. If you’re on the fence about seeing it, definitely go. I will tell you to expect a bit of a twist ending, since I think that’s why most people are having to see it twice. Not like a Sixth Sense twist, just different than what you’re expecting. I’ll stop now.

Speaking of waking up, my new wake up call is what feels like full body acrobats & stretches, which result in baby hiccups. I HATE having the hiccups, like, a lot, so my heart just BREAKS when the baby has them. Irrational, I know, since this is just little lungs/diaphragm practicing breathing but UGH. Let’s hope baby takes after its father, who is a freak that loves having the hiccups.
It’s definitely feeling like a little human in there, with more body parts bumping under my hand than ambiguous thumps. So weird but so beautiful… Pregnancy in a nutshell.

Tiny baby things that are not used for very long are expensive yet essential to keeping a tiny human alive/happy + mama & papa alive/sane.
But our baby registry is done & I can’t believe 1) how long it took to put together & 2) how proud I am of it. I want to show it to everyone, without expectations of gift purchasing, simply because it was so much work to create, ha. Much like fashion, most of the blogs about gift registry involved items that were very pretty but very expensive, so it took extra long since we needed 10 minutes to rationalize not needing the prettiest/top rated items & then another mmm 2 hours? to find the substitute we were comfortable with. Phew.
Babylist is amazing & they’re not even sponsoring me to say that.

I’m off to pack for 6 days of Richmond livin’, then to make this DELICIOUS brussels sprouts risotto. (We add bacon, because of course we do.) Copy me, I dare you!


dressing the bump / pregnancy

Dressing the Bump – 28 Weeks

January 6, 2017

turtleneck: Old Navy | maternity jeans: Madewell | oxford: Madewell

Happy third trimester to us! Also, happy this-apartment-is-big-enough-to-stay-inside-for-outfit-photos to me & my trusty photographer that was almost late for work because of me!

I can’t believe the words “third trimester” apply to me & this bump. I fell asleep to baby hiccups last night & woke up to a bouncing baby this morning (at 4am, but that’s fine), & realized I can already barely remember what it was like to just barely be able to feel movement back on our anniversary trip, laying on my stomach to apply pressure to feel the tiniest flutters. I can also barely remember what it was like to lay on my stomach.

In celebration of entering the 7th month of pregnancy, I thought I’d share some fun facts about this little journey, mostly for Future Kelsey, & the rest for those of you who aren’t sick of reading the words “bump,” “baby,” & “pregnancy” coming from me.

  • This baby was a surprise. If you had asked me about babies any time in 2016 leading up to August 4th, I would have said, “We think we might maybe start trying next year possibly maybe. Maybe.” Of course, the timing has been perfect & God knew it had to be a surprise or else I never would have thought the stars were aligned just perfectly enough.
  • Ask me sometime about my experience purchasing my first pregnancy test ever. It’s a good one, involving expensive paper towels and the nosiest CVS cashier ever, because of course.
  • I got to plot all day while I was at my part time job about how to tell Jared about the baby. Longest day EVER. I ended up leaving post its from our mailbox, up the stairs to our front door that started with “Jared & Kelsey, sitting in a tree…” & ending with “then comes…” on our front door. I still can’t watch the video I secretly took of him opening the door without weeping. It was a great day.
  • If baby’s birth date is in fact in April, it will be the first April baby on either side of our immediate families.
  • Oooo. Remember that part that I was like, “YEAH, we’re for SURE gonna tell you what the baby is once I figure out how!” a few posts back? I lied. We told just enough people the baby’s gender to decide we didn’t like telling people. It’s always been our plan to keep our babies’ gender a surprise until they’re born, but I thought it would be really hard to keep it to ourselves after how hard it was to not tell people I was pregnant. Turns out, it’s really not that hard to refer to the baby as… the baby.
  • I’ve been very lucky with pregnancy symptoms, with fatigue being the real killer 1st trimester (like, asleep on the couch for the night at 7pm) & headaches following me around in 2nd trimester. I had soooome nausea between weeks 8-12, which really only snuck up if I didn’t eat often enough. Heartburn is my current plague, with things like, oh you know, granola bars, bread &, I’m not kidding you, a cup of ice setting it off. Super great. My hair has definitely seemed greasier during pregnancy (a fact I had to prove to myself by cutting faux bangs) & my skin has been way more dramatic than ever, which they say to expect if you usually have well-behaved skin. I did find out recently that I am, in fact, NOT genetically predisposed to stretch marks, so fingers crossed…
  • I’ve so far had two cravings: Fresh pineapple & cauliflower. Both lasted about a week, but I can still go for either of those things at any time of day. Seriously, any time.
  • On the other hand, I haven’t been able to eat corn tortillas, pulled pork or cilantro since I was about 6 weeks pregnant, when I assumed I could eat our staple meal of homemade carnitas tacos with Jared & his sister & found out two bites in that it was a no go. Jared’s heart is broken, but I’m SURE I’ll come back around to them. Probably.
  • A fall/winter pregnancy has been lovely, though wearing jeans while sitting & pregnant is a special form of torture.
  • Gush Alert: If you know him, this won’t surprise you, but I can’t even find the words to describe how incredible Jared has been throughout this entire pregnancy. He’s 15 steps ahead of me at all times, & has somehow managed to make up for my lack of energy/mental capacity/strength by 100x. It’s been a truly amazing thing to witness him become a dad, even in these months leading up to sleepless nights & newborn snuggles.

I’m sure there are more fun facts, but the one thing I didn’t mention is the pregnancy brain that is hitting me HARD. I forgot my wallet when I went to the grocery store the other night, & yesterday had to google search “guest for gifts at wedding” because I could not think of the words “wedding favors” on my own. & I’m a wedding planner. So. There’s that.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!